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Health Care

The historic health care legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama offers the American people the choice of affordable quality health care coverage for the first time. The Affordable Care Act is giving Americans more security by holding insurance companies accountable, and helping more families get the peace of mind of affordable health insurance.

Reforming health care is a crucial part of our economic recovery. It reduces costs, improves coverage and stops insurance company abuses. The Affordable Care Act cuts long-term health care costs, reduces the deficit by $1.3 trillion over the first 20 years, and creates millions of jobs. The legislation passed by House Democrats will cover 94% of Americans and offer stability, lower costs, higher quality, and a greater choice of plans for all Americans.

Rep. Larson speaks with a doctor at a Community Health Fair in Hartford
Rep. Larson speaks with a doctor at Hartford's Community Health Fair.

In fact, health care reform is already benefiting millions of Americans:

  • 71 million Americans in private plans are now receiving free preventive services
  • 34 million seniors in Medicare are now receiving free preventive services
  • 6.1 million seniors have already saved over $5.7 billion on their prescription drugs
  • The law has already helped 3.1 million young people gain coverage under their parents’ plans who otherwise would be uninsured

Rep. Larson has also announced the Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act to build on the successes of the Affordable Care Act and to further enhance our health care system. To learn more about his proposal, click here

Click here for frequently asked questions regarding health care reform.

You might also want to check out a variety of reports on reducing health care costs, linked here.


More on Health Care

March 14, 2014 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today on H.R. 4015, The SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014. The amended version considered today attaches a five-year delay to the individual responsibility provision under the Affordable Care Act to a much-needed fix to the Medicare payment system. This marks the 51st attempt to delay or repeal the ACA.

January 10, 2014 Press Release

Washington – Today, Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01)Joe Courtney (CT-01), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) applauded the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service’s decision not to count the volunteer hours of volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel when determining an employer’s full-time employees under the Affordable Care Act. The decision confirms that the employer shared responsibility requirement does not apply to volunteer departments.

December 12, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the House Committee on Ways & Means voted in favor of a permanent solution to fix the broken Medicare physician payment system. Larson, along with the full committee, voted in favor of the “Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013”, H.R. 2810:

November 27, 2013 Press Release

Hartford, CT – In a letter to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and the Connecticut Congressional Delegation today urged the agency to be more flexible with enrollment periods and strengthen standards for Medicare Advantage plans for UnitedHealth Group enrollees.

November 15, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today on the most recent attempt by House Republicans to eliminate or hinder the Affordable Care Act. In a conference meeting this week, Speaker John Boehner reiterated his “strategy for stopping Obamacare”, stating, “That plan is being executed as we speak.”

November 12, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today on comments from President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton that Americans whose individual market insurance plans have been discontinued deserve a solution:

November 1, 2013 Press Release

Hartford – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Treasury announced a modification to the “Use-or-Lose” rule for health flexible spending arrangements (FSA). An estimated 14 million families utilize health FSAs to save tax-free money for medical expenses.

Currently, participants in health FSAs are forced to forgo all unused amounts within their FSA at the end of each year. Following the change, up to $500 of unused amounts can now be carried over to the next year.

October 29, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today after the Center for Medicare Services announced that seniors will see zero growth in Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles for 2014 and that Medicare beneficiaries continue to save money on their prescription drugs due to the Affordable Care Act:

October 24, 2013 Press Release
Hartford, CT – In a letter to United Healthcare Group (UHG) CEO Jack Larsen, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and the Connecticut Congressional Delegation pressed the company on its decision to terminate thousands of providers from its Medicare Advantage Plan.
October 1, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today on the official opening of the State of Connecticut health insurance exchange marketplace, Access Health CT. The state-based exchange was created in order to provide greater access to healthcare coverage as part of the Affordable Care Act.